Loineshawn (3002) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 23, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap. Wow. Silly good. Bright clean toasted caramel with a potent bright lemongrass, herbal, lemonzest twang. Dry. Super tasty. Nice body. Awesome beer.
Glouglouburp (5867) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 30, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
In short: A full body toasted amber light ale. Surprisingly satisfying 2.8% beer. Excellent.
How: Bottle 22oz, consumed a few weeks after purchase.
The look: Medium-cloudy amber body topped by a large rocky beige head leaving lots of lacing on the glass.
In long: Nose is pleasantly toasted, roasted tree bark, leafy hops, birch tree, moreÖ a very inviting aroma that was more intense than expected given the size of this beer. Taste has nice toasted grainy malts boosting a nice freshness sensation, crusty bread, caramel, notes of peaches, tree bark, leafy hops, iced-tea, dry tree leafs. Not much bitterness. Fluffy yeast coming through and creating a rather full cushiony mouthfeel with big soft bubbles. Never watery this 2.8% beer feels rather full body. Certainly one of the best (if not the best) Mild Ale Iíve had from a bottle. Not sure why they named this beer February 22nd 1945 but this is the date Uruguay declared war on Germany and Japan (I shit you not, check it out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1945) and thus creating the one and only day of WWII peace because both the Axis and Allies were rolling on the floor laughing.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A - Pours an almost clear copper-orange with a finger of frothy off-white head atop. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some light lace.
S - Aroma is a mix of some toasted caramel malts, some nuttiness, dark brewing sugars, a bit of bread, and a light fruitiness.
T - Starts off with a mix of some sweet caramelized malts, dark brewing sugar, and a touch of nuttiness. Through the middle, a touch of pine and reiny hop comes through with a touch of light fruity yeast esters. The finish is a mix of sweet bready malts with some brown sugar and a bit of yeast esters.
M - Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and estery finish.
D - Very drinkable. Very smooth and sessionable, but there is still a good amount of balanced flavors. Nice malt character.
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled July 2012
A vigorous pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a three finger thick, tan colored head that leaves some wispy lacing as it slowly subsides. The beer is a nice brown color and shows a brilliantly clear, bright amber color with gold highlights to it when held up to the light. The aroma has a deep, nutty, toasted and whole grain maltiness to it up front, and this is backed by a soft raisin / berry like fruitiness that is not noticeable every time. Lots of toasted, husky character.
Lightly sweet, but mostly dry, the beer is predominantly malt driven, but finishes with a herbal and bitter hop character that is nice. Light bodied, but still has texture to it; this is certainly a quaffable brew, but there is a viscosity to this that makes this a beer to chew on rather than to just drink fast. Light caramelized malt character adds a hint of sweetness, and there is just a rich, nutty, toasted, brown malt character here that is most definitely the dominant character. The sweetness accentuates a nice berry like fruitiness, and there is perhaps a hint of citrus like character here, though this last is fairly subtle. As the beer warms up the malt character becomes rounder and more integrated.
This definitely has a balancing hop character, it is malt dominated, but has enough hop character to add some interest and contrast to this beer. A very nice beer; this is a great example of a mild in that it is very well balanced between the sweet caramelized malt character, the brown malt toast / hint-of-roast character, and the light hop notes.
thornecb (3964) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep clear amber gold into an English pint. Soapy head with good retention recedes leaving scant spiders. Sweet roasted nuts and caramel aromas. Soft with sweet toasted caramel upfront turning to an earthy bitter in the lasting finish. Tasty given the low abv...
auerbrau (3077) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - APR 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz Bottle, purchased at Julioís Liquors - Westboro, MA. Clean, plain aroma, with a bit of malt and minerals. This beer opens big with a stunning water profile, rich with a broad display of crackling crisp minerals, then an immediate sensation of watery thinness, before tightening things up with a deep roast and cereal grain profile. Hops show lightlly in the finish. Iím honestly quite blown away by the water profile on this beer. The gravity lets it show, but this was done very, very properly.
Leighton (8593) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at the cabin, NH. Pours clear ruby with a frothy, off-white head. Aroma holds semi-dark fruits, light toasted brown bread, prunes. Light sweet flavor with more semi-dark fruits, mild leafy bitterness, hints of grapes and nice, toasty wholegrain bread. Light bodied with fine carbonation. Modest sweet finish with more semi-dark fruit character, light dry and leafy bitterness, touches of toasty malts. Great balance and exceptional character for the ABV. True and on key for the British mild style.
SDalkoholic (1998) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JAN 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from South Bay Liquor: Poured a dark golden honey colored liquid topped with a soft thick pillow of foam head on topómuch darker in hue than the November 22nd X mild ale. Aroma is bold and smells of deliciously sweet caramel and toffee like malts that makes me begin salivating. The flavor is rather tart with a pinch of bitterness or a note of acidic sourness but somehow doesnít delivery in the flavor department as my nose had lead me to believe. It actually is quite mild and flat which is the style category they were aiming for, however, this is drastically different than the Nov 22 mild X ale.
j12601 (6403) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - APR 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle that I took to a tasting at Maxís for Samís visit. Pours a hazed ruby amber with a thin white head. Big nutty toast on the nose, lots of dark nutty malt. Malty, nice and toasty. Crisp and nutty. Malty, crisp and malty. Long earthy bitterness, dry and gritty.
Pawola22 (3262) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle from Louisville Beer Store in Louisville, KY. Pours a lightly hazed, copper colored body with some golden-orange tints. Finger-width, frothy and creamy, tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Aroma is nutty and grainy toast with a bit of a roast backing and a slight caramel sweetness. A touch of earth and a few fruity esters. Flavor is similar. Grainy toast with a slight nutty sweetness up front before a light fruity ester, caramel, and roast comes in. Finishes dry and crisp with a light bitterness and a really solid toasted, nutty sweetness and a light earthy roast. Lengthy aftertaste following a light body and a crisp, moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a really impressive Mild Ale. Extremely tasty for being only 2.8%. Grainy toast, a light nutty sweetness, a light earthy bitterness, a slight caramel, and a nice roast backing all comes together in a dry, balanced finish. Very solid.